The Loose Ends List

The Loose Ends List.jpgGoodreads Synopsis:

It’s a summer for first love, last wishes, and letting go.

Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.

With a promise to live in the now without regrets, Maddie boards the Wishwell determined to make every moment count. She finds new friends in her fellow Wishwellians, takes advantage of the trip’s many luxuries, gets even closer to her quirky family, and falls for painfully gorgeous Enzo. But despite the copious laughter, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and laughter.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Let’s be honest, the only reason I even picked this book up was because it had an anchor on it #DeltaGammaForever However, it actually mentioned my sorority, Delta Gamma. It was nice seeing Greek life in a positive light, which makes me ask the question, was author, Carrie Firestone, a Delta Gamma herself? I haven’t been able to find out if this is true or not, but the little connection to home away from home made me happy.

This book was awesome! It had happy moments. It had sad moments. It was funny and endearing. The story is entirely driven by the characters and their interactions with each other. I think what made me like it so much was the fact that the characters were exactly like my family and  had our weird sense of humor. The humor I appreciate because in times of seriousness and emotional times, I cannot handle it, so I tend to say inappropriate things (For example, when my younger sister was admitted to the ER, I told her she looked like she had been in labor for 6 hours…oops). In all honesty, most people run from the dark, dirty, twisted humor – in fact, even though I’m EXACTLY like Maddie, I was taken aback by this because I wasn’t expecting it, but fully embraced it because Maddie and I are one and the same.

Main character, Maddie, suddenly has her summer plans thrown out the window when her grandmother announces she is dying, and in turn is taking the family on a cruise that specializes in “death with dignity”. While this part of the story line is a little “out there”, the relationships between family members, both those in Maddie’s family and the other families who are also on the ship, are stronger than ever. There’s family drama – which I kinda sorta live for considering family drama runs my life.

When I picked up this book I expected something on the lighter side that most YA contemporaries offer, however, this book wasn’t that.

It’s a book of adventure and finding one’s self in difficult times.

It’s about how experiences make you grow.

It focuses on how “great loves” don’t always work.

It’s about loss.

It’s heartfelt and it’s real.

It shows us the importance of life and how we need to live it to the fullest.

It shows us that it is okay to let go.

This book is being added to my list of favorites. If you’re looking for a book that takes you on an adventure with family – and showcases realistic relationships, check this book out! Up next is the newest novel from my favorite author, Sarah Dessen – Once and For All. You won’t want to miss it!

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Me Before You: Book vs. Movie

Me Before YouGoodreads Synopsis

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Book Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


It made me laugh.

It made me cry.

It made me believe in true love.

I want Louisa to be my best friend. She is such a beautiful person inside and out, and absolutely hilarious. Her family is a little dysfunctional at times, but they are all really loving and caring. She is a little blindsided when it comes to her boyfriend, Patrick. He’s a complete asshole. I don’t know why she didn’t break up with him in the first place.

Will. What can I say about Will? I love him. He’s hilarious, charismatic, and had me wrapped around his finger. Granted, I did have to warm up to him a little bit, because he was very snarky and uncooperative in the beginning of the book, but it’s understandable. He was a good sport for Lou and her crazy little side trips. He went along with it because he loved Lou, and wanted to make sure she got everything she wanted for him.

In the end, it was devastating, but it was his choice. I understand there has been some controversy regarding ablism, but in the end, it’s a book about a guy who wasn’t happy with the hand he was dealt. His view on his own quality of life is what mattered the most, and in reality, there is no room for us to judge his decision, because we’ve never been dealt the hand he was. It’s sad, but deep down, he wasn’t happy, even after falling in love with Louisa.

Movie time!

Movie Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4.5 Stars)

I am a firm believer in the book is always better than the movie, but in this case, I loved them both! The casting was perfect.I fell more in love with the story and surprisingly, the movie was pretty true to the book, which I appreciate. I have watched this movie several times and still fall in love with the story over and over again. Side note: I hated that they casted Matthew Lewis as Louisa’s douchey boyfriend. Excuse me, that is Neville Longbottom, he is not a douchey person!


See, perfect casting!

Lousia’s red dress is to die for! I want one!

If you haven’t checked out eithter the book or movie, do so! It’s a tear-jerker, but also a warm blanket of love.  I haven’t read the sequel yet, but it is in my ever-growing TBR pile.

Next up is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Happy reading!


DumplinGoodreads Synopsis:

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Hello bookish friends! Long time, no see. I finally have some time to catch up on my ever-needed blogging, so first up is Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. If you’ve seen my Goodreads account, you know that I gave this beauty 4 stars.

I loved this book because it is me. I know some of you have been following me for a while now, and you know from my review of 45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson (see here), that I have struggled with my weight and body issues for a while now. Reading Dumplin’ made me feel those same things.

I know you’re thinking it. No, I have never competed in a Beauty Pageant because: a.) Stage fright, b.) I don’t have any talents I can perform – reading silently onstage isn’t really a talent, c.) The idea of walking around on stage showing of outfits and answering interview questions, just doesn’t sound fun to me – then again.

Willowdean is me. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and dislike how I looked, my weight, the way my hair didn’t curl normally, etc. Even now on my current weightloss journey, it is still difficult for me to accept things sometimes. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and a hormone imbalance in February 2016, that I came to accept that losing weight was always going to be difficult for me. Any time I lose weight, I gain it back quickly. This year I’ve given up soda and fast food (very difficult for me, but going strong!), I’ve lost around 7 pounds and have been able to keep it off.

Willowdean’s story reminds me of how I wish stories like this were around when I was in middle school and high school. I think if I had an inspiring story like this, I would have had better self esteem in those years, and probably would have stood up for myself in certain situations that are still in the back of my mind.

Dumplin’ is a story for anyone who has ever felt fat, insecure, anxious, and all around not good enough. We are good enough. We are all beautiful. Other people’s opinion’s don’t determine your worth, so don’t even waste your time thinking about them.

This book is positive, funny, enlightening, and deals with realistic everyday issues besides body image, such as complex/dysfunctional families and friends in unlikely places. In the words of Willowdean, “I think maybe it’s the things we don’t want to talk about that are the things people most want to hear.”

Apparently, this is just book 1 in a series of some sort. I haven’t heard anything on a sequel, but I will definitely be checking it out when it comes out!

Next on the #BloggingCatchUp is What Light by Jay Asher.

Happy reading bookworms.

3 Truths About Alice in Tumblr-land


Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humor book featuring your favorite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America

The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.

Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after” — and have us laughing all the way

Rating ★ ★ (2.5 Stars)

Truth #1: I picked this book up on a whim.

Truth #2: I was really excited to add this to my TBR because I love fairy tales and I love mixing things like that with the new era of technology and slang – ergo Alice in Tumblr-land.

Truth #3: I was disappointed by the book.

It’s not that it was bad, but it wasn’t the funniest book I’ve ever read. It really wasn’t mildly funny. It’s like when your best friend texts you something “funny” and you reply “LOL” but you are not really laughing out loud in real life.This book was a quirky take on fairy tales placed in present times. We always hoped for a book like this but it was really short (I read it in like 20 minutes tops) and the illustrations were okay.

Upon reading this, I discovered that this is part of the Blog to Book epidemic that is starting to take over literature. While nice in theory for these budding authors, I just don’t see how this format will become successful in print. I would have preferred to see this on the blog after it pops up on my Pinterest feed, than spend money on the book. Oh well.

Look for my next post on Lisa McMann’s Dream Catcher TrilogyUntil next time, happy reading lovelies!



“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ” From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, andLandline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace.

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

I was skeptical to pick up another Rainbow Rowell book after reading the over-hyped Eleanor & Park (See that review here). However, I am glad I picked up Attachments, because it was quite enjoyable and I definitely enjoyed it more than Eleanor & Park. 

The main reason I liked this book is because of Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanges. This was how readers interacted with Beth and Jennifer through the entire book. But their emails weren’t the exact reason. The exact reason is that Beth and Jennifer are the epitome of me and my best friend. Beth is scarily just like my bestie, Kendall, and I am exactly like Jennifer. I think what makes it more relatable is that besides us being like the characters, their exchanges through email sound exactly like Kendall and I in our texts, Facebook messages, and in person conversations. Beth and Jennifer made me feel like I was back in my sorority house, chatting it up with Kendall while stuffing our faces with Baskin Robbins ice cream.

Lincoln, the other main character, took a couple of chapters to warm up to. At first I thought it was weird that someone took a job as an “internet security officer” to check all flagged emails, and then I realized the book was set in 1999 and they didn’t have the security software like they do now. However, I did think it was a teeny creepy that he fell in love with Beth by simply her email exchanges with Jennifer, but at the same time we’re bibliophiles who fall in love with fictional characters, so I give Lincoln a break on that one. I also enjoyed how Lincoln changed from the beginning to end. He went from a living-at-home-with-mom, hermit-like person who just kept going to school out of boredom (and heartbreak from his first love) to a person who moved out on his own and made actual friends at work. He grows up right in front of our eyes, and it is wonderful to see a character make that dynamic change.

I do like how Rowell broke up the chapters – Lincoln’s POV then email exchange between Beth and Jennifer the Lincoln’s POV, etc. It was a nice break from reading “normal” chapters. Although the book started off slow, the pace increased and it was easier to indulge in the book. However, the love story part happens much later in the book as opposed to throughout the entire novel like I had originally thought.

Even with the minor things in the book that I didn’t like, I still LOVED the book altogether. It was well-written and gave me that warm-fuzzy feeling I am always searching for with books. I also really want to read Landline, Carry On, and Fangirl to see how they compare to Attachments and Eleanor & Park.  If you haven’t checked it out already, check it out and let me know what you think in the comments! As for my next post, I will be talking about a book I picked up on a whim – Alice in Tumblr-land by Tim Manley. Happy reading lovelies!

Never Always Sometimes

24338298Goodreads synopsis:

Never date your best friend.

Always be original.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

I had really high hopes for this book. Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost was one of my first reviews for my blog. The writing was at the same level, but the plot and story were not. I actually put the book down several times because I had a hard time getting into the book.

The characters, Dave and Julia, spend the entire book doing every cliché high school thing their last semester of high school because they spent their entire high school career flying under the radar. I didn’t create any connections with the characters – this could be because I a “cliché” in high school. But even reading the book as someone who participated in the clichés in high school, the point of view from Dave and Julia is bland. The characters lack realism and depth. They were boring and uninteresting people.

Like the characters, the romance in the plot was below sub-par. The promposal was the only extravagant and romantic thing in the entire book and even I was still confused about the step by step description. I honestly felt like Alsaid had never experienced any sort of romance in his life, because the teen, puppy love romance he wrote was boring and not romantic in any way. As someone who has experienced the romantic, teen puppy love, this was boring and unrealistic.

I felt like this whole book was for nothing. There was no big ending, there was no cliffhanger, Alsaid did not create a story that made me yearn for more.

As for my next review l will be posting about Cress by Marissa Meyer. Happy reading lovelies!

Never Never (Part 3)

25454883Goodreads synopsis:

New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

I’m dressed for Easter, my boyfriend’s niece and nephew have received their Easter baskets from the “Easter Bunny”, and now I’m ready to sit down and quickly type out my review before everyone starts to show up to my boyfriend’s sister’s house. But before I go any further let me just say Happy Easter! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

Now as for Part 3 in this novella series, I just want to say, holy mother of disappointments.  I’m not going to tell you to not read the book, because if you read the first two parts, you really need closure to the story, even if it is not what I had imagined. The writing is great, but the mystery stops. I actually have more questions than answers (see my spoiler section below). I had hoped for a tremendous paranormal explanation, but the authors opted for the easy cop-out. It’s their book, their way, but I’m just a little disappointed that they took the easy way.

Just read the book. I’m going to post spoilers in the next paragraph, so if you want to, go ahead and read it. If not, spare the spoilers and read Part 3 yourself, it is an easy ending, but you should still read it.










Soulmates? They stopped remembering things because they chose to break up because they were unhappy??? Where’s the Voodoo? Where’s the curse from The Shrimp??? That’s not an answer it’s a cop out. It’s the easy way out and it makes me so sad/mad! Granted, like I said above, it’s Hoover and Fisher’s books, so they can do what they want, but honestly I was expecting so much more. I also have tons of questions:

  1. What actually happened between Silas and Charlie’s fathers? It was never confirmed about what actually happened between the families.
  2. If Charlie’s father had a love child with The Shrimp’s mom (hence producing The Shrimp) why did it stay a secret for so long? What’s the point of bringing up The Shrimp if you’re not going to develop that story further? A dead-end with no answers…
  3. Also, why did The Shrimp and her mom keep Charlie hostage for a whole day in her old childhood home (their new home after Charlie’s family  was forced out) and “drug her”? Even though Charlie’s father claims they were keeping her safe because she was trespassing and acting like a crazy person?
  4. How the heck did Silas’s parents go from “Charlie may never step foot in our house” to “Will you be here for dinner Charlie?” in the blink of an eye?
  5. What happened to Charlie’s mother? Did she remain an alcoholic? Did she seek help? Did she finally realize her husband was a crock and find love elsewhere?
  6. Depending on the answer to #5, how did Charlie and Janette live and survive with a parent in prison and a parent who didn’t even notice when they went missing?
  7. What the heck happened between that twenty year span from when they finally remembered everything to the epilogue? Also they must have had kids young if the daughter is 18 in the epilogue…

So many questions and no answers. So Colleen and Tarryn, please give us a tell-all, I’d (as well as my sanity) would gladly appreciate it!

As for the rest of you lovely bookworms, I hope you enjoy your Easter holiday! Happy reading lovelies!